breech

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breech

noun \ˈbrēch\

Definition of BREECH

1
plural \ˈbri-chəz also ˈbrē-\
a :  short pants covering the hips and thighs and fitting snugly at the lower edges at or just below the knee
b :  pants
2
a :  the hind end of the body :  buttocks
b :  breech presentation; also :  a fetus that is presented breech first
3
:  the part of a firearm at the rear of the barrel

Examples of BREECH

  1. <plant yourselves on your breeches on that bench and listen to what I have to say>
  2. <the mounted riders look striking in their red coats and white breeches>

Origin of BREECH

Middle English, breeches, from Old English brēc, plural of brōc leg covering; akin to Old High German bruoh breeches, Latin braca pants
First Known Use: before 12th century

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